Fine Art
1:13 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Artist uses abstract under-painting to symbolize God in everyday things

Painter Bette Dickinson’s work is all about layers. When I came in to her studio at her home in Kalamazoo, she added a few more layers to a familiar Michigan scene. Underneath the oil paint there are waxy layers that give Dickinson’s art this spacey, other-worldly look. Most of her art is more abstract, with colorful splashes and splattered paint. 

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Local History
11:46 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Ladies Library Association boasts oldest women's club in Michigan

The Ladies Library Association in Kalamazoo has recently broken ground on a $2.1 million project to make their historic 130-year-old building more accessible and useful for the community. The Ladies Library Association building in downtown Kalamazoo, finished in 1879 is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Local Music
12:58 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Leilapalooza hopes to revitalize Battle Creek music scene

On Saturday, Battle Creek will host the second annual music festival Leilapalooza at Leila Arboretum. WMUK's Rebecca Thiele spoke with executive director for the Leila Arboretum Society, Brett Myers, to find out how the festival is working to revitalize the Battle Creek music scene.


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Arts & More
11:39 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Everything you ever wanted to know about tea

Kelly Zajac at Tudor House Tea & Spice in Kalamazoo
Credit Nancy Camden

Even on hot days like these, many of us still drink our morning coffee to get a daily dose of caffeine. But more people are starting to wake themselves up with a cup of tea. Nancy Camden went to Tudor House Tea in Spice in Kalamazoo to learn everything she could about coffee’s old nemesis.

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World of Opera
9:34 am
Tue November 8, 2011

'La Boheme': 19th-Century 'Reality Opera'

  • Placido Domingo Talks About 'La Boheme'
  • Hear An Introduction To 'La Boheme'

Giacomo Puccini once said that the secret to his success was putting "great sorrow in little souls" — and he did it with a formula that has fueled a spate of modern network television hits.

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World of Opera
9:32 am
Tue November 8, 2011

A View From The Bridge: Great Sorrows In Little Souls, American-Style

  • Domingo On 'A View From The Bridge'
  • Hear An Introduction To 'A View From The Bridge'

When William Bolcom's opera A View from the Bridge premiered in Chicago in 1999, one critic described it as "Brooklyn verismo," invoking the emotive style popularized by Italian composers such as Puccini. And that pretty much hits the nail on the head.

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World of Opera
9:31 am
Tue November 8, 2011

The Bloodiest Opera Ever? Maybe Strauss' 'Elektra'

It's a story that would seem excessive for even the most lurid of "real life" dramas, or blood-soaked slasher movies. But it's always been right at home in the opera house — Richard Strauss' intense, one-act opera, Elektra.

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World of Opera
9:27 am
Tue November 8, 2011

An All-Consuming Parental Love: Verdi's 'Rigoletto'

  • Hear An Introduction To 'Rigoletto'

It's easy to wonder whether actual events in the lives of great composers are directly reflected in their music. Sometimes people even argue about it. But in the case of personal tragedies early in Giuseppe Verdi's life, the case seems like a slam dunk.

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World of Opera
9:32 am
Fri November 4, 2011

History With A Toxic Twist: 'Lucrezia Borgia'

When we think of opera's biggest stars and greatest hits, we tend to think of solo arias. But that overlooks another operatic goldmine: duets.

Over the years, there have been plenty of classic duet collaborations, resulting in legendary recordings and performances. Mirella Freni and Luciano Pavarotti come to mind, singing the "Cherry Duet" from Mascagni's L'Amico Fritz. Going back a little further, there's Jussi Bjorling and Robert Merrill with "Au fond du temple saint," the famous duet from Bizet's The Pearl Fishers.

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Piano Jazz
12:33 pm
Fri May 13, 2011

Dianne Reeves On Piano Jazz

Dianne Reeves.
Courtesy of the artist

This Piano Jazz episode from 1999 features one of today's preeminent jazz singers. Dianne Reeves brings her rhythmic virtuosity to a sparkling set of standards, including duets with host Marian McPartland on "Close Enough for Love" and "Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise."

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